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CIRA Helps HIWPP test Open Data Initiative

Philip Partain at Colorado State University's Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere tests NEIS.

Philip Partain at Colorado State University's Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) tests NEIS.

The HIWPP Open Data Initiative will allow public, private, and academic users to engage in the model development process. Three high-resolution hydrostatic models will be run in a real-time research mode, and model output will be available to registered Open Data Initiative users. Users will have an option to use the new HIWPP visualization tool NEIS to view data, or to receive the numerical data via a web interface. A web-based tool will enable users to provide feedback to model developers.

As the HIWPP team prepares to open the Open Data Initiative to the public in early 2015, the Cooperative Institute for Atmospheric Research (CIRA) in Fort Collins, Colorado is helping the team test access to NEIS and to the data. As one of the participants in HIWPP, but with a location outside NOAA premises, CIRA has been an ideal partner for early testing.

CIRA staff located in Fort Collins have worked with the HIWPP Test Program team members to ensure that data can be accessed outside the NOAA firewalls, that NEIS can be downloaded and installed easily by users not familiar with the system, and that procedures for registering new users all work properly. They have provided helpful feedback to the team as they prepare for public access to HIWPP real-time data.